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8Jul/20Off

hhmhh

With mmhmm, you can bring yourself and your personality into your video chats. No more boring heads-in-a-box. No more fussing to share your screen for a presentation.

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8Jul/20Off

First HR Conference in Virtual Reality

slider-photo-3-4In partnership with Genius Ventures Inc, BentoHR, Microsoft, and powered by Altspace in Virtual Reality, on July 28 & 29, the world's first-ever Global HR Summit will showcase immersive workplace (XR) technologies that enable digital transformation and make workplaces more human-centric. The alliance between these innovative, forward thinking organizations has laid the foundation for what is expected to be "THE HR conference of 2020 "

KEY TOPICS

  • Digital Transformation: The Path to Human-Centricity
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Reimagined
  • XR Deployed: What HR Organizations Are Doing Today
  • Working Parents: Our New Normal
  • XR Technologies in Recruitment, Performance & Learning

Press release - https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/tom-furness-grandfather-of-vr-kicks-off-first-hr-conference-in-virtual-reality-301089741.html

Event site - http://globalhrsummit.com 

8Jul/20Off

Augmented reality headset startup Magic Leap hires a top Microsoft executive as CEO

07072020_msoft_105620-1536x1025In December, Magic Leap announced plans to focus on selling technology to businesses rather than consumers, aligning more closely with Johnson’s experience at Microsoft.

On Monday, Johnson, 58, said she had reached out to Rony Abovitz, Magic Leap’s founder and chief executive, who had announced in May that he would step down. She said she saw opportunities in Magic Leap’s “spatial” technology, which projects digital images into the real world.

Johnson, a former executive at Qualcomm who joined Microsoft six years ago, compared the spatial technology’s promise to the early days of cellular technology and cloud computing.

See the full story here: https://www.seattletimes.com/business/augmented-reality-headset-startup-magic-leap-hires-a-top-microsoft-executive-as-ceo/

7Jul/20Off

The New Normal

This is a nice collection of single-sentence quotes; some profound and some self-serving.

Hany Farid

Hany Farid

Professor, electrical engineering & computer science and the school of Information, University of California, Berkeley

In five years, I expect us to have long since reached the boiling point that leads to reining in an almost entirely unregulated technology sector to contend with how technology has been weaponized against individuals, society, and democracy.

See them all here: https://qz.com/is/new-normal/#academia

6Jul/20Off

Original and Licensed TV Shows Available on U.S. Streaming Services

Original and Licensed TV Shows Available on U.S. Streaming Services

6Jul/20Off

Discord is rebranding to shift away from gaming

"Games are what brought many of you on the platform, and we’ll always be grateful for that," the company said. "Today, many of you use Discord for day-to-day communication. You’re sharing thoughts about books, music and art, creating servers to just be yourself and share moments with friends."

Toward the end of the blog post, Discord offhandedly mentions "$100 million in additional funding." Before today, Discord's most recent funding round saw the company raise $150 million at a $2 billion valuation. ... A lot has changed since then, especially in recent months due to the coronavirus pandemic. Since the start of the year, the number of people using the app daily has increased by 50 percent in the US, doubled in Spain and France and tripled in Italy.

That also means that its investors, one of which is Riot Games owner Tencent, now expect more of Discord.

See the full story here: https://www.engadget.com/discord-rebranding-151953314.html

 

6Jul/20Off

Study: Students work harder when they think they are being watched

During the experiment, more than 300 seventh and eighth graders in 18 classrooms spent a week using instructional math software that had performed well in previous studies. In some classes, the teachers were randomly assigned to use the smart glasses and, in others, they were told not to use them. At first, the results seem to confirm the usefulness of student data. Students in classrooms where teachers wore the glasses improved more on a math test than students in classrooms where teachers didn’t wear the glasses.

The researchers assigned some teachers to wear glasses with the data analytics turned off.

The students in classrooms with teachers wearing turned-off glasses learned a lot, too. Indeed, more than half the learning gains that the researchers documented from access to the data were achieved merely by the teachers wearing the functionally limited glasses.

But more importantly, Holstein thinks it would ultimately fail. “In terms of fostering a good classroom climate, I don’t think I would encourage the feeling of being policed by the teacher,” he said. “Although you might argue that the students already feel this, to some extent, these tools might amplify that.”

See the full story here: https://hechingerreport.org/the-psychological-impact-of-student-surveillance-on-learning/

6Jul/20Off

A virtual reality: What Singapore’s social scene is like in the new normal

vihari-jewelsBut in this challenging climate, luxury brands have come to the realisation that it is imperative to stay in touch with their customer base as much as possible.

Premium vodka label Belvedere, for example, worked with its brand ambassadors from different bars such as Jigger & Pony and Manhattan to stream a series of #CheerswithBelvedere cocktail classes on IGTV. Viewers then shared their own creative spin on the cocktails in a competition to win bottled drinks and Belvedere spirits.

Tina Lee, managing partner of Directions Group Inc, which represents Roger Vivier and Sulwhasoo, added: “Other brands have been communicating with their customers through regular messaging, personalised care packs, electronic direct mailers and incentives to shop, especially for the brands with online capabilities.”

“Do we miss physical shopping? Definitely! Along with the sensorial stimulation that brings endless delight to us, seeing familiar faces, catching up, indulging in a bit of retail escapism!” – Dr Adrian Ng and Dr Loh May-Han

Andrew Li, CEO of Zouk Group, said: “We thought about cloud clubbing quite early on as we saw the initiative in China when clubs were shut. And with teams all over the world we could create a lot of content and push it out on our different country channels. It is not so much a revenue stream as it is about staying connected with our audience.”

See the full story here: https://cnaluxury.channelnewsasia.com/experiences/virtual-events-singapore-social-scene-12897426

 

6Jul/20Off

Will Artificial Brain Synapses & Neuromorphic Computing Open the Next AI Hardware Frontier?

Dr. Geoffrey Hinton has commented on the heavy demands that tomorrow’s AI might place on today’s neural networks: “There are one trillion synapses in a cubic centimeter of the brain. If there is such a thing as General AI, it would probably require one trillion synapses.

image-10A typical AI chip is wired with different types of ANNs that can be mapped onto crosspoint arrays of resistive switching elements. The artificial synapses and neurons can thus be “operated through conduction channels (filaments) that are associated with ion movements driven by electric field, Joule heating or electrochemical potential,” explains the Bridging Biological and Artificial Neural Networks paper.

 

 

 

See the full story here: https://syncedreview.com/2020/07/04/will-artificial-brain-synapses-neuromorphic-computing-open-the-next-ai-hardware-frontier/

 

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6Jul/20Off

6 STEP GUIDE FOR CIOS TO IMPLEMENT AI FOR BUSINESS TRANSFORMATION

The guide to implementing AI is not a piece of cake, here is a blueprint guide, CIOs may consider implementing Artificial Intelligence in modern enterprises-

  1. Understanding Artificial Intelligence
  2. Decoding AI for the Enterprise
  3. Importance of AI to the Enterprise
  4. Building AI Use Cases
  5. Addressing AI Challenges
  6. AI adoption to the Enterprise

See the full story here: https://www.analyticsinsight.net/6-step-guide-for-cios-to-implement-ai-for-business-transformation/